SOBIE (Society of Business, Industry, and Economics) is a national academic conference dedicated to the promotion and publication of peer-reviewed research. SOBIE's mission is to encourage business faculty members to respond to current economic and market issues and interact with industrial practitioners. Once a year, SOBIE publishes its journal, JOBIE (Journal of Business, Industry, and Economics) , which is listed in Cabell's directory.

SOBIE was founded in 1999 by Dr. Jim Couch and Dr. Doug Barrett, both from the University of North Alabama with about 30 participants from 5 schools. SOBIE has grown rapidly to become the premier academic conference for small and regional universities, attracting participants from many research universities, businesses, and government agencies.

Student Research
SOBIE is committed to advancing the academic and career opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate students through research. SOBIE provides a good foundation for the next generation of scholars. Many small liberal arts colleges and honors programs encourage their students to attend SOBIE to present their senior theses.

SOBIE was founded on the idea that viable, peer-reviewed research at small colleges and regional universities needed to be recognized. Research areas include, but are not limited to:

Advertising and Promotion Business administration
Business communications Business education
Business ethics Business information systems (CIS or MIS)
Business law Case studies
E-commerce Economics
Entrepreneurship Family and small business enterprises
Finance Governmental accounting
Health care administration Health care administration
History of Economic Thought Human resource management
Interdisciplinary research International business
Leadership Management
Marketing Medical Economics
Non-profit organizations Operations management
Organizational behavior and theory Organizational development
Pedagogy Public administration
Public policy analysis Sales Management
Sports Economics Statistics
Strategic management policy Tax Policy
Trade US Economic History

SOBIE publishes its peer-reviewed academic journal, JOBIE (Journal of Business, Industry, and Economics), once a year. It is listed in Cabell's directory. SOBIE also publishes an electronic student journal on our website.

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